The month of February.
An example of February is the month that comes after January.
nounpl. -·ar·ies or -·ar·ys
Origin of FebruaryMiddle English Februarie from Classical Latin Februarius (mensis), origin, originally , month of expiation from februa, Roman festival of purification held Feb. 15, plural of februum, means of purification, probably from Indo-European an unverified form dhwes-, to stir up, blow, eddy from source deer, dizzy
Origin of FebruaryMiddle English Februarie from Latin Februārius (mēnsis) (month) of purification from februa expiatory offerings possibly of Sabine origin
Usage Note: The preferred pronunciation among usage writers is (fĕb′r&oomac;-ĕr′ē), but in actual usage the pronunciation (fĕb′y&oomac;-ĕr′ē) is far more common and so cannot be considered incorrect. The loss of the first r in this pronunciation can be accounted for by the phonological process known as dissimilation, whereby one of two similar or identical sounds in a word is changed or dropped so that a repetition of that sound is avoided. In the case of February, the loss of the first r was also helped along by the influence of January, which has only one r.
(plural Februarys or Februaries)